During KCATA's recent Rosa Parks Spirit Awards, the Business Partner Award was presented to Bill George, President & CEO of Kansas City Transportation Group, whose support for public transportation demonstrated a commitment by the private sector to improve the quality of life for people throughout the region. This public-private partnership is making a worldwide footprint, generating inquiries from around the globe.
Mr. George’s commitment to this innovative partnership with KCATA is equalizing transit service for all riders. Persons with disabilities now have the same travel options that people without disabilities have. Your leadership and commitment to providing innovative, user-friendly choices to all customers is equalizing transit service for riders with and without disabilities.
George is proud that the staff of Kansas City Transportation Group has embraced the charge to improve mobility for people with disabilities.
“When we started off, there was 23 wheel chair taxis in the fleet. Today, as a result of that program, there’s now 77 and our commitment is to be at 100 by the end of this year and those are available 24/7 for people in Kansas City,” George stated.
The Rosa Parks Spirit Awards celebrate individuals and organizations that, in the spirit of Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks, are making a difference in metro Kansas City and in public transit. This marks the sixth year for the awards, whose honorees have included U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, one of KCATA’s first black bus operators Ray Harris, Mayor Sly James, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the Downtown Council.